Hazardous Math?

Adding and subtracting
Revelation 1:3;
“3 Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near.”

This verse at the beginning of the book of Revelation is a promise of blessing to those who read the words of the prophesies in this book.  But it doesn’t only apply to Revelation:  it includes the other 65 as well.

In the very last chapter of Revelation, however, there is an ominous warning.
Tree Of Life.
Revelation 22:18-19
“18 For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone ADDS to these things, God will ADD to him the plagues that are written in this book; 19 and if anyone TAKES AWAY from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall TAKE AWAY his part from the Book of Life*, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.”
The Mazoretic text doesn’t say, “Book of Life;” It says “Tree of Life.”  That’s a very important difference.  This reminds me of Psalm 1.  It says of the godly man,
”He shall be like a tree
Planted by the rivers of water,
That brings forth its fruit in its season,
Whose leaf also shall not wither;
And whatever he does shall prosper.”
The godly man’s “Leaf shall no wither.”  In other words, he will be strong and healthy, but also prosperous.
Of course, the first mention of this Tree of Life is in the Garden.  Adam and Eve ate from the wrong tree and brought sin, sickness, and death into this world.
Dangerous Addition.
“If anyone ADDS to the Words of this book God will ADD to him the PLAGUES in this book.”
Who is adding, what are they adding?  And what plagues is God referring to?  I used to think it was referring to cult-like groups that take the Bible, add their own writings, and twist the scriptures to fit their own peculiar theology.  While that certainly is included and does apply, it is not what God is primarily concerned with here.  He is concerned that if anyone adds anything….ANYTHING AT ALL…..to the finished work of Jesus, like say, our performance, and tell us,  “We have to do this or we have to do that” to be pleasing to God, they are ADDING TO THE WORK OF CHRIST.  Our salvation is Jesus…..PLUS NOTHING.
BIG FAT NO NO!
Nothing…..not even the lightest weight of a feather……can be added to Jesus’ finished work, insinuating that what He endured on the cross was not payment enough.  It’s like saying, “Worthy is the lamb…..and me.”  AS IF!
If you are foolish enough to think that any self righteous works of yours are needed to please God in ANY WAY, God promises that He will ADD TO YOU all the plagues that are written in this book.  Go on; read them in Deuteronomy 28 sometime.  I dare you.  You’ll have some major nightmares. THEY’RE TERRIFYING!
Dangerous Subtraction.
On the other hand, if anyone TAKES AWAY from what is written in his book, GOD WILL TAKE AWAY his part in the Tree of life.  Again, here is a reference to Psalm 1.
Does that mean that you can loose your salvation!  OF COURSE NOT!  The Tree of Life is Jesus!  To those who are saved, He gives health and prosperity.
Remember what He did while He was here on earth?  He healed everyone everywhere He went.  He fed five thousand and then seven thousand in one shot.  He cast out all manner of demons.  No one can be in the presence of Jesus and be sick, in want, or possessed of a demon.  For that matter, if you want a successful funeral, don’t invite Him!
Taking Away From God’s Word.
Here is what God means by adding to His word.  There are those who will tell you that some of the gifts of the Spirit, like healing or tongues, are not for today.  In so saying and if you believe them, they are in fact “Taking away from the word of God.”  They are robbing believers of things that were clearly given to us BY GOD to bless us.
This a very serious matter to God.
Adding To God’s Word.
There may be others who tell you that you must confess your sins before you take communion so you don’t partake unworthily.  These are well-meaning Christians, but they are “Adding” to the word of God.
Church, you are made FOREVER MADE THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD IN CHRIST from the first nano second of your new birth.  All your sins:  Past-Present-Future, are put away.
You stand in the perfection of God’s beloved Son.  What is there to confess?  Do you want dredge up what God Almighy has put away?  We don’t partake,”in remembrance of our sins.  We partake IN REMEMBRANCE OF JESUS!
God is outside time
Past-Present-Future.
You and I think in terms of past, present, and future because we live inside time.  But God doesn’t live in our time zone.  He lives outside of time.  There is no past or future to him; only present.  It does not limit Him.  To God, our lives are a composite whole.  He sees everything from the distant past to the end of time in one shot.  Remember, it says of Him He is a very “PRESENT” help in trouble.  The reason the Bible tell us that He is the same “Yesterday, today, and forever,” is because we relate to time.  It is for our benefit to try and help us understand.
So, when He says, “ALL your sins are put away,” He means, “ALL.”
Partaking In An Unworthy Manner.
Partaking in an unworthy manner simply means this: If you do not make a clear distinction between the body of Jesus–that it was broken for your PHYSICAL HEALING–and the blood–which CLEANSES FROM ALL SIN–you are short-changing yourself of its full and intended benefit.  Understanding and making that distinction is partaking worthily.  His body was broken so that yours could be restored!   His blood cleanses from all sin!

Kings And Priests.
You can take communion whenever you want, just like medicine.  You don’t need to be an ordained minister to partake daily, even several times a day if you are sick, at home on your own. Remember, you and I are kings and priests just like Jesus, after the order of Melchizedek. The church is not a building; it is all of us who are born again.
I encourage you to partake often.  Declare that you are made whole by Jesus’ stripes.  Make a clear distinction in your mind, ESPECIALLY if you’re not hearing it from the pulpit.
Your Part In The Book Of Life.
What does God mean that He will take away your part in the book, or rather, the Tree of life?  It means that those who “TAKE AWAY FROM THE WORDS IN THIS BOOK,” meaning they don’t believe God helps today, even though He is the same yesterday, today and forever…..that their health will be affected–TAKEN AWAY–and they may die of some disease or before their time.  “The Tree Of Life” is of no effect to that person or people.  It means rhey will suffer physical “death” in one form or another.  God is to you what you “SAY” of Him.  If you “SAY” of Him that healing is not for today, then it is not.  The word of a king has that kind of power.

However, when you “eat” of the TREE OF LIFE, your disease is no more!  Your youth is renewed like the eagle’s!
Too Much Credit.
Tell me:  Why are we giving more weight and credit to sin, evil, the devil,  and man’s efforts to try to please God?  It’s backwards!  Our loving, wonderful, compassionate, and generous Heavenly Father should get ALL the credit.  His grace and the Holy Spirit are far more powerful and effective in touching and changing people’s lives.
Trust God.
Not believing that ALL the gifts are given to the church for our benefit is, in effect, not trusting God.  We seem to be more inclined to try and fix things ourselves or run to the doctor first.  Instead, bring your needs to God.  Otherwise, we are glorifying man’s efforts over God’s provision.  Nothing wrong with doctors, mind you.  But let’s go to our Great Physician first.
So, Trust God.  Trust Grace.  Trust His provision.  He is a good God ALL THE TIME.  Let’s have no more adding and subtracting.

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